Lifestyle Vehicles

Thoroughly modern Jeep

Jeep Cherokee

Nice going, Jeep. Go straight to the top of the class with the new Cherokee.

Very different Vitara

2015 Suzuki Vitara

Suzuki's popular all-wheel-drive has taken on a whole new market position and engineering stance.

Where there's muck...

Isuzu MU-X

Isuzu's flagship MU-X model, as its name suggests, doesn't mind getting dirty.

Edge added to ute battle

Toyota Hilux Edge 2WD ute

Toyota prepares to fend off the Ford Ranger challenge in this year's ute sales battle with new value-added weapons called Edge.

Duster to pass muster

Dacia Duster Pick-Up

DAVE MOORE - The Press

One of the least known successful Renault/Nissan ventures is the Dacia brand which has one particularly interesting project on the go.

A day in the very fast lane

A V10, 320kmh toy - yours for $418,000


Wellington journo Tom Hunt jumps at the chance to test-drive a Lamborghini. And lives to tell the tale.

Fancy a Rolls-Royce off-roader?


The uber-luxurious British brand plans a vehicle that can go from the muddy countryside to the opera.

Gilding the sales lily

Holden Captiva 7 Active

Holden NZ has created a limited-edition version of its Captiva7 SUV, and it is possibly the best of the fleet.

Inventor's climate change drive

DIY electric car saves money, planet

Ginny and Pat Rickets

Takaka inventor Albie Burgers' electric car can travel 50 kilometres and cost him $1.

Beaut or brute ute?

HSV GTS Maloo ute

Holden confirms it will build the world's fastest production ute from later this year.

Volvo excels itself

2015 Volvo XC90

After a dozen years, the world's best family SUV has been superseded by its own successor.

A brilliant new Nissan

Nissan Qashqai TS

Nissan's new Qashqai is a magnificent medium-sized drive - and the diesel version deserves much better.

New Land Rover Discovery

Land Rover Discovery Sport

Long-awaited replacement for the Freelander features seven seats, updated technology and fresh style.

The ultimate collectors ute?

HSV Maloo R8

HSV's upcoming GTS Maloo shapes as the world's fastest production ute. Could it also be a money spinner?

Discovery Sport leaked as model

Discovery Sport models: They've given Land Rover's game away.

The new 2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport - which has no relationship with any existing Discovery - has been leaked in model form.

New Vitara revealed

New Suzuki Vitara revealed

Japanese brand takes the covers off new compact SUV.

Hoisted Hatches

Mercedes-Benz GLA and Volvo V40 Cross-Country D4

SUVs assume many forms these days, like Benz's new GLA for instance. We line up another compact premium SUV to measure its merits.

So efficient and so useful.

Toyota Hiace

The Toyota Hiace is New Zealand's most preferred van by a very long stretch and it is easy to discover why.

Relocated and restored

Range Rover Number One

The Range Rover is regarded as the original SUV, and this restored example built in 1969, will cost you more than a brand-new model.

Turbo Trax blows in

Holden Trax 1.4 litre LTZ turbo

ROB MAETZIG - Taranaki Daily News

Holden has addressed the one issue surrounding its small SUV the Trax - lack of power.

All American muscle

Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

Even though it costs $109,990, Jeep's new Grand Cherokee SRT monster represents something of a large luxury SUV bargain.

Making turbo Trax

Holden Trax 1.4 litre LTZ turbo

Holden has revealed its facelifted Trax compact SUV with a new top-of-the-range model.

Makeover for mini-MPV

Peugeot 3008

Peugeot MPV receives a nice makeover but still expected to struggle in against our SUV market preference.

0-100 kmh in 4.7secs

Range Rover SVR

Performance details and first look at the fastest, most powerful Land Rover yet have been revealed.

2015 Kia Sorento revealed

2015 Kia Sorento

Third-generation Korean SUV shown sporting premium new look.

Active Tourer fronts up

BMW 2-Series Active Tourer

BMW's eagerly awaited first front-wheel-drive car has no right to be as good as it is.

Head Ranger is a head-turner

Ford Ranger Wildtrak

Ford's Ranger Wildtrak is a head-turning ute that is also the basis of a brand-new SUV that we'll see from next year.

Gold-wrapped Range Rover

Gold-plated Range Rover

A gold-wrapped Range Rover has been stopping passers-by in their tracks.

Family favourite revamped

Nissan Qashqai II

Nissan's Qashqai, a popular family and fleet five-seater has undergone and styling and engineering transformation.

Soul Coaxin'

Kia Soul II

There are signs that our arch-conservatism might have eased sufficiently to welcome Kia's improved boxy but brilliant Soul.

The last Aussie Territory

Ford has released this image of the final Australian-made Territory SUV.

First look at Ford Australia's farewell SUV, plus another look at the final Falcon.

Cayenne goes hybrid

New Porsche Cayenne

New hi-tech plug-in petrol electric S E-Hybrid model joins facelifted Porsche Cayenne line-up.

New hybrid leads lineup

2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid

If you were wondering why the new Pathfinder doesn't have a diesel option, now you know.

Honest Indian

Mahindra Genio ute

The least expensive proper working ute in NZ looks like a useful entrant in our burgeoning workhorse market.

VW to build Beetle Dune

VW Dune Buggy revealed

Retro hatch pays tribute to bygone bug culture.

Amarok facelift on the way

VW Amarok ute

As the countdown begins towards the first full facelift of the VW Amarok ute, some special editions have started to arrive.

The many styles of SUV

ford ecosport

From those who need to go off-road to those who just want a bit of extra height, SUVs have something for everyone.

Be winter driving savvy

winter driving

Being careful in winter conditions is common sense, but you'd be surprised how stupid some drivers can be.

Tiger burns bright

Porsche Macan

The least expensive Porsche is going to be a huge money-spinner for the brand.

Edge over the Territory

2015 Ford Edge

First look and technical details for the SUV that will replace the Ford Territory.

Is an SUV for you?


Lighter SUVs are able to be used daily without imposing the large middle-size crossover or 4x4 on other traffic.

Turbo Trax on the way

Holden Trax

Holden's city SUV is set to get a turbocharged engine.

History of the SUV

SUV stp

SUVs have existed since well before the name achieved common usage.

Cherokee gets streamlined

jeep strap

A new fourth-generation Jeep Cherokee might have ''liquid'' upper-body styling, but it's still a rock-crusher underneath.

McLaren seeks pole on road

mclaren strap

In its quest to be as big as more familiar brands in the specialty performance car stakes, McLaren says it will never make or market an SUV.

New-look Navara on the way

 The new Nissan Navara

Nissan is set to take on Toyota's HiLux with an all-new Navara ute.

Ugly duckling no more


Nissan's new X-Trail may not be as recognisable as the first two models, but under the skin there's a whole lot more...

Plug in, turn on, drive off


Electric vehicle or hybrid? And what's it like to drive? Rob Maetzig takes the new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV out on a weekend trip.

Grumpy Crumpy possible

Toyota HiLux SR5

The status of the Toyota Hilux as the best-selling utility in NZ is now under threat from Ford's award-winning Ranger.

Pint-size high-rise

Ford EcoSport

DAVE MOORE - The Press

Ford has joined the compact SUV fray with a its compelling Indian-built EcoSport.

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